Wednesday, November 07, 2007

David in Belgium

It was a surprise apparently that i found cool for him to come in Belgium ;) actually i used to say to my friends that they are welcome but apparently i forgot to tell to that one ... uups sorry David :D

First: lets find some ice cream hummmmm

Second: Brussels (Bruxelles)

place du Cinquantenaire, Grand Place, the theather where belgian revolution begun (in red)

(i have no idea what is behind him)

The park in front of the government's buildings (or castel?). It was full of policemen and journalists around since that day an important vote happened deciding the split of the surroundings of Bruxelles-Halle-Vilvoorde between flemish and french speaking parts (this is politics, i won't go further).

third: trains... you like it? guess what, there are museums around!
Since David is found of trains and so am i, we decided to go to available train-related expositions. i discovered placed i had no idea of, which is good :)

in "gare centrale", there is a little museum with lots of train models and on top there was a little train exposition, i learned how alternative powered models are changing direction (25V pulse apparently).

The next day, Mariembourg and the museum of Tignes: this time with real old steam engines

Close to these huge impressive machines, even when you are 191 cm tall, you relativise, and realise you are not that big after all...

We made a challenge, the aim was to start the steam engine

David insisted to begin...
the machine and some cleaning first!

then he realised there was no charcoal in the furnace so he wanted me to enter in the furnace of the steam boiler generator to see what was wrong (and probably see if i am hot enaugh to produce steam... i would suggest to take a hot girl for it ;) ... fortunately i ate too much at lunch and my belly was too big for me to enter it ...ouff!

David thinks i did not enter the furnace because i was afraid he would close the door lol :) not because i ate too much !!!

After a while, we got steam and could both give it a try :)

after so many efforts, we wanted to take a shower with the water tank fillers but we could not manage to get it working... apart from it we have enaugh water in belgium....yeye another good story ;)

Some nice little circuits with : guess which one is mine?

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